(Hatchet) Officials launched a fellowship program for scholars displaced by the war in Ukraine through an institute on Eurasian studies in the Elliott School of International Affairs this fall.
The Fund for Scholars Affected by the War in Ukraine pays the salaries of 12 scholars based in Ukraine or in neighboring countries this academic year as well as the salaries for two Ukrainian scholars based in D.C. this semester. Officials said the 14 scholars will research issues in international affairs, like the ongoing war in Ukraine that has displaced more than 13 million Ukrainians and caused an estimated 5,600 civilian deaths since Russia’s invasion in February.
Marlene Laruelle – the director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies – said program organizers worked with the Ukrainian Global University, a network of global educational institutions working to support Ukrainian students and scholars during the war, to advertise the program and select the fellows. She said the program admitted the fellows in August based on “meritocratic criteria,” like the quality of their application and past research.
The fellowship is funded by Jenna Segal, a GW alumna and a member of the Elliott School’s board of advisors, and her husband Paul Segal, who began working with the Elliott School to create the program three weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“We want to keep Ukrainian scholars engaged internationally, so the price of the war is not destroying local knowledge and academic knowledge,” Laruelle said. […]
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